Archive for September, 2017

Touchdown! 6 NFL Players Touched by Adoption

Football season has officially kicked off. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the start of 2017’s NFL season, Adoptions With Love decided to reflect on some of the many NFL athletes who have been touched by adoption. Below, you will find iconic football players who are also loving adoptive parents. You will read about NFL players who were adopted at a young age. You will also learn the stories of the players who spent many years in foster care before finding success on the football field. All of these NFL athletes, whether adoptees or parents, have inspiring adoption stories  to share.

  1. Michael Oher

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Michael Oher, a famed football star who finished his final games with the Carolina Panthers in 2016, is also one of the most well-known adoptees today. His adoption story, as well as his journey from a homeless teen to an NFL star, was the subject of the Oscar-winning film, The Blind Side.

Oher’s story is a particularly moving one for those who have been touched by adoption and foster care. Growing up, Oher faced a very difficult childhood: he lived in poverty in a violent and unsafe neighborhood. He had 12 siblings and a frequently absent, drug-addicted mother. Oher entered the foster care system at age seven. By age 16, he attended 11 different schools and had a grade point average of .06. It was in that 11th school that he came to a turning point. Oher met the Tuohys, the family that would soon become his forever family, and began playing football. At 6’5” and 300lbs, he became one of the best high school football players in the country. He went on to play football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

Michael Oher shares a firsthand account of his story in his book, Beat The Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond. He and his parents have also created the foundation, Making It Happen: The Tuohy Family Foundation, to support families in the adoption process.

  1. Daunte Culpepper

You may know Daunte Culpepper from his seven-season streak with the Minnesota Vikings, or for his time with the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions. Did you know that Culpepper is also a big advocate for adoption? This former quarterback was named a national “Angel in Adoption” in 2006 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He is very involved in the African American Adoption Agency (AAAA) helping foster children find permanent families, and has hosted annual golf tournaments to raise money for adoptive families.

Culpepper was adopted at one-day old. He was born to a teenage mother, who was then serving time at a correctional facility. Unable to care for her son, she placed him in the arms of an employee at her facility, Emma Lewis Culpepper. She adopted Daunte and raised him alongside her other 15 children (also adopted). Culpepper says of his mother, “She’s a very, very special lady. Remarkable. Strong. Everything you’d want in a mother. In a parent.”

  1. Kyle Van Noy

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If you are from New England or just love the Patriots, you probably know of Kyle Van Noy. Traded by the Detroit Lions in October 2016, Van Noy has quickly become a very memorable linebacker on the Patriots’ roster. This football star helped the Pats get their big Super Bowl win last year, and is expected to be a driving force on their defensive lineup once again this season.

Kyle Van Noy is doing big things off the field, as well. He and his wife, Marissa, started the Van Noy Valor Foundation to help adopted, foster, and disadvantaged youth in need. The foundation strives to provide opportunities for these children and to help them reach their full potential by giving them the resources needed to succeed.

The couple’s inspiration for the foundation stems from their personal, intimate connection to adoption. Kyle Van Noy was adopted as a baby and Marissa’s father and brother were also adopted. Kyle explains, “We have a big heart for adoption and foster families, as well as kids who are struggling. We want to give them strength and success.” Van Noy wants children and teens in foster care to know that they too can overcome the struggles. He wants them to know that their path does not define them, and a strong future is in reach.

  1. Colin Kaepernick

If you are a football fan, there is no doubt you have heard the name Colin Kaepernick before. Kaepernick spent his five-year football career with the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as both a starting and backup quarterback, before becoming a free agent in 2016. Some know Kaepernick for his football stardom, while others know him for his on-field protests and off-field activism against racism. What many do not know, however, is that Kaepernick is also adopted.

Colin Kaepernick was adopted as an infant after his birth mother, who was 19 at the time, decided to make an adoption plan. Kaepernick’s birth father had left during the pregnancy, and she knew she was not able to raise Colin on her own. She chose to make an adoption plan to give him the best possible life. Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted Colin when he was five-weeks-old, and are still in touch with his birth mother to this day.

  1. DeMarcus Ware

demarcus ware adoptionDeMarcus Ware is one of the biggest household names in the NFL game. He was the leading outside linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys for nine years straight and carried out the rest of his career on the Denver Broncos, with whom he won Super Bowl 50. He announced his retirement after the 2016 season, at age 34. Our best guess is that retirement meant spending more time with his family.

Ware has two young children – his son, DeMarcus Jr., is seven-years-old and his daughter, Marley, is nine. Ware and his wife adopted Marley after experiencing the heartbreak of miscarriage and a stillbirth. The football star has revealed that “Marley – and his struggle to become a father — changed his life, made him more responsible, fulfilled him in a way that football never had.” He is ever grateful to have been able to grow his family through adoption.

  1. Joe Berger

Joe Berger is the starting center on the Minnesota Vikings, and also the full-time father of four children: 2 adopted and 2 biological. He and his wife, Abigail, are active supporters of adoption and adoption family causes.

During Berger’s early career on the Miami Dolphins, his wife Abigail was receiving weekly fertility treatments. Their first biological son, Gavin, came after a year of trying to become pregnant, and they were told the prospect of giving birth to a second child was slim. They decided to grow their family through adoption, and adopted their son Blake later that year.

They were considering a second adoption when Abigail found out she was pregnant with their daughter, Ella, a year later. They always wanted three or four children. So, when the opportunity came to adopt a fourth child, they took it. The Bergers adopted their daughter Macy in the spring of 2016.

Both Blake and Macy have open adoptions and ongoing relationships with their birth mothers. Abby states, “We couldn’t ask for better birth moms… They both absolutely love these two and our other kids, too. That definitely shows with the sacrifice that they made. They are different situations but it’s nice to know that they made those choices for the better of their child.”

Joe Berger is not the only one on the Vikings who is also an adoptive parent. The Vikings’ General Manager, Rick Spielman and his wife have adopted their six children. Vikings’ VP Rob Brzezinski and his wife have also adopted five children. The Minnesota Vikings, as a team, were given the “Angels in Adoption” award in 2017.

Do you know these football players who have been touched by adoption? Can you think of any other NFL players that are also adoptive parents or adoptees? Please share below!

If you would like to learn about making an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, please do not hesitate to contact us here. We are a non-profit adoption agency serving expectant/birth mothers throughout the United States and growing adoptive families across Massachusetts.


State-by-State: How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in Rhode Island

Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption? Choosing to place your child for adoption is one of the most difficult, emotional, and important decisions you will ever have to make. It is also one of the most loving choices you can make for your child if you are not ready to parent.

If you are looking to make an adoption plan in Rhode Island, but do not know where to start, Adoptions With Love can help. We are a licensed, non-profit adoption agency that helps expectant/birth parents nationwide find the best possible homes for their children.

There are specific steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption in Rhode Island. You do not have to go through this process alone. Our adoption agency serving Rhode Island is equipped with compassionate counselors and adoption attorneys who are licensed in Rhode Island. They can meet you wherever is most convenient, to help you navigate the Rhode Island adoption process and ensure that you are comfortable with each decision made along the way.

To help get you started, Adoptions With Love has created this short guide to placing your child for adoption in Rhode Island.

1. Choose an Adoption Agency

One of the most important, preliminary steps in the adoption process is choosing an adoption agency. We recommend finding an agency that will stand by your side throughout the entire adoption journey – as you prepare for the adoption, after placement, and even throughout your life. The right adoption agency will listen to your wishes and needs, and use those to help you design the perfect adoption plan for your baby. Above all, they will never pressure you into choosing adoption – a good adoption agency will educate you on all of your unplanned pregnancy options, and respect any choice that you make. This is a promise that Adoptions With Love makes to expectant/birth parents considering adoption. Here, we believe an informed decision is the best decision when it comes to you and your child.

2. Understand the Adoption Laws of Your Area

Adoption laws and regulations will vary state-to-state. It is important to find an adoption agency that is specifically trained in and knowledgeable of Rhode Island adoption laws.

In Rhode Island, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until after the baby’s birth. This helps ensure that the birth parents are completely confident in their decision. However, a birth mother can begin making an adoption plan well before her baby is born.

3. Discuss an Adoption Plan

Working with an  open adoption agency, you will have the option to design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption plan, semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption plan. An open adoption will allow you to keep in touch with your child’s adoptive family to see how he or she is growing over the years. You can also choose the adoptive family for your baby and meet them in person, if you wish.

Many expectant/birth parents that choose an adoptive family for their baby find great peace of mind in knowing their child will grow up in a loving, stable home. If you would like to make this positive decision, Adoptions With Love will listen to you and show you the waiting families that best match your needs and desires. You can take as much time as you need in looking through their photo albums, profiles, and reading the letters that they have written to you, the prospective birth mother of their child. You can meet them in person.

In Rhode Island, all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened and evaluated by our licensed adoption agency. We go to their homes to ensure the environment is safe and secure. We conduct an extensive home study process as well as a series of background checks and interviews to ensure the stability of their home. Like you, we also want the most loving, safe, and stable home for your baby.

4. Create a Post-Adoption Plan

A post-adoption agreement is a legal and binding contract offered by licensed adoption agencies. This agreement is signed by the adoptive parents, and outlines rules and expectations for any communication following your child’s adoption. In this plan, you can determine if you want contact with your child and his or her adoptive family long-term, as well as how much contact you would like with them. With an open adoption plan, you can choose to have ongoing contact online, over the phone, in person, or through your adoption agency. If you are not ready to have this contact, you can also keep the adoption closed. As an expectant/birth mother, these choices are yours to make.

When you work with Adoptions With Love, rest assured that your post-adoption plan will be completely tailored to the best interests of you and your child. You are in the driver’s seat of your adoption plan.

5. Pursue Ongoing Adoption Support

Following your baby’s adoption, we recommend seeking ongoing support. Adoption is a lifelong journey full of delicate emotions and sensitive relationships. Through a reputable adoption agency, like Adoptions With Love, you can participate in birth mother support groups or meet one-on-one with dedicated adoption counselors. At Adoptions With Love, we promise you will have our support long after the adoption.

Adoptions With Love is a full-service adoption agency. We provide the following free services to expectant/birth mothers considering adoption in Rhode Island:

  • Complete counseling
  • Help designing your adoption plan
  • Assistance finding quality medical care
  • Housing assistance 
  • Financial assistance
  • Legal assistance
  • Ongoing Contact

This is our State by State Adoption blog series.  To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.


Separating Adoption Facts from Myths

Adoption is everywhere. We see it on television, on the news or on shows such as ‘This is Us’; we read about it on the Internet and social media; we hear about family and friends’ own adoption experiences. But who gets it right? Do we know all the truths about adoption today? Can we separate the real facts from the many myths surrounding adoption?

Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency with over 30 years of professional experience. We have facilitated both open and closed adoptions and helped thousands of women make positive, thoughtful adoption plans for their babies. We have assisted all kinds of adoptive parents in creating the perfect home environment for their children. Our compassionate, expert social workers have also helped many adoptees prepare for, search for, and meet their biological parents.

Over our years, however, we have heard many myths surrounding the subject of adoption. We have also heard from many people conflicted by these myths. It is our aim to share the truth about adoption.

Whether you are considering adoption or want to provide real, adoption facts for family and friends, you are in the right place. Below we separate adoption facts from five all-too-common adoption myths.

Myth: “Adopted children have more problems.”

Fact: About 9 out of 10 adopted children have positive feelings about their adoption. And despite the common misconception that adopted children are troubled, 88 percent of those aged 6 or older exhibit very positive social behaviors. Over half of school-age adopted children are excelling in subjects such as reading, language arts, and math. The majority are also in very good health, live in safe neighborhoods, and are being raised by two parents.

There is no sugarcoating the fact that some adopted children will carry complicated feelings of anger, loss, loneliness, or even low self-esteem as they try to understand their adoption story. There is no denying that they will face unique challenges and have questions about their biology. At the same time, however, it is important to recognize the fact that most adoptees have experiences no different than those of their non-adopted peers. Long-term studies have also shown that adopted children in the United States are no different in terms of their emotional health, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and attachment to family, either.

Myth: “Adoption means ‘giving up’ a child.”

Fact: Birth parents do not ‘give up’ their child, but rather, ‘give more’ to their child: Through adoption, they are able to give their child more opportunities, more resources, more devotion, comfort, and stability than they could provide at the time of their pregnancy. Adoption is a loving, thoughtful, and selfless decision. Rather than ‘giving up a baby for adoption,’ we say, ‘make an adoption plan.’ These thoughtful expectant parents are planning for their child’s life.

If you are pregnant, know that choosing adoption does not mean you do not love your child. It means that you love your child enough to give him or her the best possible life you can give. If you are adoptive parents, understand that your child’s birth parents did not ‘give up,’ but rather, found the courage and strength to make another plan for their baby’s life—a plan to fill it with loving parents, a stable home, a good education, holiday traditions, extended family support, and many other opportunities with you.

Myth: “Adoption means goodbye forever.”

Fact: It is common belief that adoption always means goodbye. Many expectant/birth parents worry that they will never see or hear from their children again should they choose adoption. The truth is, adoption does not have to an end-all, and expectant/birth parents can make this choice. If they would like to keep in touch with their child’s adoptive family, they can make an open adoption plan.

Open adoption involves some level of ongoing communication between adoptive and birth families: In a fully open adoption, they might have direct contact with one another through email, texting, phone conversations, Skype, or even yearly in-person meetings. In a semi-open adoption, they may exchange letters and pictures or choose to mediate any contact through their adoption agency. At Adoptions With Love, every prospective adoptive family agrees to a semi-open adoption, and most families are now open to some direct communication with the birth parents over the years.

Myth: “Open adoption is too confusing for children.”

Fact: Open adoption does not confuse children. It does not make them question who their “real parents” are. Rather, open adoption helps children better understand their adoption, as well as their birth parents’ choice. Today, 84 percent of children in open adoptions are very satisfied with their levels of contact with their birth family.

In open adoption arrangements, children understand the difference between their parents – the people who help them with homework, who take care of them when their sick, who love and support them above all else – and their birth parents – the people who not only gave them life, but gave them the best life they could possibly provide. Adopted children also understand the responsibilities of each parent, as well as their unique relationships with them.

Open adoption, in reality, can help reduce confusion over time. Because it establishes an open and honest platform for communication, adopted children can ask questions, get answers, and form their identity having a better, more available connection to their biological parents.

Myth: “All birth mothers are teenagers, addicts, or poor.”

Fact: Fact is, there is no single face of unplanned pregnancy: it can happen to anyone of reproductive age, of any background, education, or upbringing. However, research states that young women between age 20 and 24 are most likely to face an unplanned pregnancy. And many of these women are college educated: 70 percent of pregnancies among single, educated women in their twenties are unplanned.

The women who choose adoption may not feel ready to raise a child, but that does not necessarily mean they would not make great parents. Choosing adoption just means that these mothers loved their child enough to make a well-thought-out plan for his or her life.

Birth mothers are strong, selfless women who feel that adoption is the best possible choice for their babies. Some are single and desire their child to grow up in a two-parent home. Some do not have the finances needed to raise a child for life, and some are already raising children (most women that make an adoption plan are already parenting children). Some are simply not prepared to raise a child at this time, and wish for their child to be with loving, devoted parents who are ready to raise a child. No matter their background or reasoning, birth mothers are worthy of respect.

Help Adoptions With Love dispel the myths surrounding adoption— Please share these adoption facts with family and friends. For information on adopting a child or making an adoption plan, please call Adoptions With Love at 1-800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 617-777-0072.


Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy? The Importance of Prenatal Care

Discovering a pregnancy can be a very overwhelming experience, especially if you were not planning for it. Maybe that is why you are here. Your body is showing signs of pregnancy, but you are afraid to see a doctor and hear what she will say. Your pregnancy test came back positive, but you are unsure of what to do or where to go for help. You also know in your heart that you are not ready to become a parent. You may be feeling scared, embarrassed, confused, and alone.

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to know that you are not alone. Adoptions With Love is always here for you. We understand what you are going through, both emotionally and physically, and can help you get the proper care and support you deserve.

If you think you might continue your pregnancy (whether you decide to parent your child or make an adoption plan), the most important step you can take now is getting prenatal care. Prenatal care is the medical care you receive while you are pregnant, and is essential to keeping you and your baby healthy.

The sooner a woman begins prenatal care, the healthier she and her baby will be. Even if you are farther along in your pregnancy, know that prenatal care is still important and it is not too late to begin. Without any prenatal care, your baby will be at higher risk for serious, long-term health issues and low birth weight. If you do not receive prenatal care, you may also be at risk for pregnancy and birth complications.

We understand that prenatal care is not always easy to get as an expectant mother. If your pregnancy was unintended, you may not have an OB/GYN picked out or any health insurance lined up. You might not have the transportation needed to get to and from your doctor’s appointments. Adoptions With Love can help with all of this. As part of our free services for expectant/birth mothers, we can assist you in obtaining prenatal care and finding a doctor who understands your emotional and physical needs. If you choose to make an adoption plan for your baby, we can also cover any uninsured medical costs.

For over 30 years, Adoptions With Love has helped expectant parents make loving and thoughtful plans for their children. We have connected thousands of young women like you with quality, compassionate care during their pregnancies and beyond. We have witnessed thousands of healthy births as a result of good prenatal care.

Adoptions With Love has also met with many expectant mothers who were not eager to seek medical help at first. Despite the importance of prenatal care, some were worried that seeing a doctor might mean others finding out about their pregnancies. Some women were afraid of being judged or misunderstood. Some were very far along in their pregnancies and embarrassed by the choices made in their early trimesters.

If you have any hesitations about seeking prenatal care, we encourage you to come talk with us. Adoptions With Love will never judge you. We are here to ensure you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. We know quality, kindhearted caregivers throughout the country who can offer the medical attention you and your baby deserve.

A prenatal doctor, such as an OB/GYN or family practitioner, will monitor your baby’s health and development as he or she grows inside you. Your doctor will also spot any potential health problems with your child, and treat them early in your pregnancy. As an expectant mother, you should meet with your doctor at least every four weeks in preparation for your child’s birth. These regular meetings will allow you to ask questions about your pregnancy symptoms, child birth, and ease any concerns you might have.

Even though this pregnancy was unplanned, you still have the chance to make a loving plan for your child’s future. To give your child a healthy start to his or her life, you can start taking care of yourself and your body:

  • Take prenatal vitamins with folic acid. If you are uncomfortable or sensitive to swallowing pills, you can always get chewable prenatal vitamins.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and foods high in calcium and iron. Drink plenty of water and fluids.
  • Avoid all alcohol, tobacco, and use of other substances. Do not ingest any drugs that could harm you or your baby; if you need help quitting, ask your doctor or meet with an Adoptions With Love counselor for guidance.
  • Ask your doctor before taking any prescription medications. Some medicines are not safe during pregnancy.
  • Try to stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Gain a healthy amount of weight during your pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest.

There are compassionate, caring professionals out there who can help you make a loving and thoughtful plan for your baby. If you just discovered you are pregnant, do not wait to make a doctor’s appointment. If you need assistance finding a doctor or getting medical coverage, you can always call Adoptions With Love.

For help with an unplanned pregnancy, please call Adoptions With Love at 800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 617-777-0072. To learn more about the importance of prenatal care, please download our free Month-by-Month guide below.

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State by State: How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in Maryland

Discovering an unplanned pregnancy is an emotional, often overwhelming, experience.  Right now, you may not know who to turn to or where to go for support.  You might be considering adoption for your baby, but are unsure of how the process works in your state.  If you are an expectant/birth mother considering adoption in Maryland, you are in the right place.  Adoptions With Love is here for you.

Adoptions With Love is a licensed, not-for-profit adoption agency helping women like you find the best possible homes for their children.  If you need help placing your baby for adoption in Maryland, know that you can always contact us.  For over 31 years, we have been building relationships with expert adoption counselors and attorneys licensed in your state.  Adoptions With Love can help you explore your options, understand the laws of your area, and design an adoption plan tailored to your needs.

In the state of Maryland, there are specific steps you must take to place your baby for adoption.  You do not have to go through this alone.  As a reputable adoption agency serving Maryland, we can help guide you through this unexpected journey.  We are here to listen to your wishes, educate you on your pregnancy options, and help you understand the Maryland adoption process. Together, we can help you make the most positive, long-term decision for you and your baby.

To help you get started, this short guide will walk you through the initial steps of making an adoption plan in Maryland.

1. Choose a trusted adoption agency.

If you believe that adoption is the best option for your child, your first step will be to choose the right agency to help you navigate the process.  There are many adoption professionals and agencies out there today, so it is important to look for signs that you are choosing the one the best meets your needs.  First, and perhaps most importantly, choose an adoption agency that you trust.  Make sure that its staff is compassionate and attentive, willing to discuss all of your options with you, and also respect any choice that you may make.  In addition, select an agency that is available 24/7, that will stand by your side not only as you prepare for the adoption, but also after the placement and throughout your life.  Adoption is a lifelong journey; as an expectant/birth parent choosing adoption, you deserve long-term support.

2. Meet with an experienced, compassionate adoption counselor.

Once you choose the right adoption agency, you can truly begin designing your adoption plan.  A licensed adoption counselor will help get you started by walking through your various unplanned pregnancy options.  She will then listen as you discuss your wants and needs through this pregnancy, placement, and beyond.  Your counselor will also educate you on your many birth mother rights, and show you what to expect before, during, and after the birth of your baby.

At Adoptions With Love, we believe this counseling is a very important step in the adoption process.  It allows you to think about your many options, ask questions openly, learn about the adoption option, and create a plan that makes the most sense for you and your child.  With your adoption counselor, you will also be given the option to design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption plan.

3. Choose a loving adoptive family.

After discussing the different types of adoption plans, your counselor will give you the option to choose an adoptive family for your child, if you would like.  You will always have this opportunity at Adoptions With Love.  Here, we will listen to your wishes, help form your vision of the perfect family, and send you detailed photo albums and profiles from the waiting families the best fit your mold.  Once you choose a family for your baby, you will have the option to speak to them through email, phone, or even meet in-person.  This is completely up to you.

No matter what family you choose, rest assured you will be placing your baby in a safe and secure home.  At Adoptions With Love, all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened before they are approved for parenthood.  All our families have completed an extensive home study process and series of background checks to ensure the safety and stability of their homes.

4. Understand the adoption laws of Maryland.

Adoption laws vary state to state.  For this reason, it is crucial to work with an adoption agency that has attorneys specifically trained in the state of Maryland.  If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, our counselors can meet you – wherever you are – to walk you through the Maryland adoption process.

In Maryland, you cannot sign any legal adoption documents until after your baby is born.  Adoptions With Love recommends that you take enough time to rest after your baby’s birth before making a final decision.  Adoption is a lifelong choice; we want you to be confident that it is the most positive one for you and your child.

By Maryland law, birth mothers who choose adoption may receive assistance with reasonable medical and legal expenses, as well as adoption counseling.  If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, know that our birth mother services are always free of charge.  We can provide financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses needed before, during, and up to six weeks after your baby’s adoption:

  • Transportation for medical care relating to pregnancy/birth
  • Food, clothing, and other maternity-related expenses
  • Housing assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Legal assistance
  • Assistance finding quality medical care
  • Complete counseling
  • Help designing your adoption plan

5. Make a post-placement plan.

With Adoptions With Love, you will have the option to establish a plan for ongoing communication with your child’s adoptive family.  For example, you can choose to receive photo updates of your child over the years, arrange annual visits, or simply stay in touch via email, phone, or Skype.  In adoption, open communication is known as an open adoption arrangement.  While most birth mothers and children find this type of plan very beneficial, it may not be right for you.  For this reason, Adoptions With Love also offers confidential, closed adoption plans.

We will also help you establish a plan for ongoing counseling and support after your baby is placed.  Adoptions With Love offers continuing, confidential counseling services as well as birth mother support groups at no cost to you.  Through these outlets, we can help you navigate emotions, communication, and relationships after the adoption takes place.

Whether you just found out you are pregnant, are in your final trimester, or have just given birth to your baby, it is not too late to make a loving adoption plan.  Contact us today at 1-800-722-7731 for more information on adoption in Maryland.

This is our State by State Adoption blog series.  To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.